How Diction Influences the Style of a Speech


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'A dog is a four-legged mammal' is an example of _____.

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1. Two friends go to lunch together. One says to the other, 'Let's have a pepperoni pizza.' How might the other have responded that involves a connotation?

2. 'Given the infinite possibilities for love, Harvey chose' What is this is an example of?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Effective diction can be critical to the success of a speech. To perform well on the quiz related to this topic, you'll need to know the definitions of concepts such as denotation and connotation as well as different types of diction.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to test your knowledge of:

  • The definitions of denotation and connotation
  • General and specific diction
  • Abstract and concrete diction
  • How the context of a speech affects word choice

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the influence of diction on a speech's style
  • Making connections - understand types of diction and when their use is appropriate
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast general and specific diction as well as abstract and concrete diction
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify examples of different types of diction

Additional Learning

To learn more about this speech communication topic, review the corresponding lesson called How Diction Influences the Style of a Speech. This lesson will help you:

  • Distinguish between denotation and connotation
  • Identify examples of different types of diction
  • Understand which types of diction are appropriate in different contexts